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EXFO Equipment Used to Validate Infinera and DANTE’s Optical Capacity World Record

Published on August 27, 2013

EXFO is proud to announce that its FTB-500 platform equipped with FTB-85100G 100Gbit/s Ethernet Tester and FTB-5240S Optical Spectrum Analyzer were the preferred tools used to validate Infinera Networks (INFN) and DANTE’s (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) setting of a new Guinness World Record across the GEANT Network.

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, August 27, 2013 — EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF)is proud to announce that its FTB-500 platform equipped with FTB-85100G 100Gbit/s Ethernet Tester and FTB-5240S Optical Spectrum Analyzer were the preferred tools used to validate Infinera Networks (INFN) and DANTE’s (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) setting of a new Guinness World Record across the GEANT Network.

Infinera and DANTE installed and activated an astonishing 8 Terabits per second (Tbit/s) of long haul super-channel optical capacity in only 19 min 01 sec, the fastest rate recorded for provisioning multi-Terabit optical capacity. The record was set using an Infinera Intelligent Transport Network, featuring the DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform, deployed on the GÉANT backbone across a long distance link from Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Hamburg, Germany. GÉANT is the largest research and education communications network in Europe with over 50 million users located at 10,000 different academic and government research establishments.

EXFO’s validation equipment, recommended and supplied by test equipment sourcing specialist Livingston, offered the ease of use, portability, depth of CFP test functionality and high degree of repeatability required to ensure accurate test results. Livingston is one of EXFO’s partners of choice and has been carrying and managing EXFO test equipment for many years.

“With more and more users using ever increasing amounts of data, network operators need to rapidly deliver additional capacity,” says Claudio Mazzuca, Vice-President of EXFO’s Transport and Service Assurance Division. “EXFO provides state-of-the-art equipment enabling operators to test and validate their networks at all rates to make sure that their customer needs are met at all times.”

The FTB-85100G Packet Blazer is the industry’s first compact, portable 100G Ethernet tester, fully compliant with IEEE 802.3ba standard. The FTB-5240S/BP are highly accurate OSAs for current and next-generation networks, covering DWDM applications and all channel spacings, from 50GHx DWDM to CWDM.


DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) is a non-profit organisation established in 1993 that plans, builds and operates large scale, advanced networks for research and education. On behalf of Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), DANTE has built and operates GÉANT, a flagship e-Infrastructure key to achieving the European Research Area.

Working in cooperation with the European Commission and in close partnership with Europe’s NRENs and international networking partners, DANTE remains fundamental to the success of global research collaboration.

DANTE manages research and education (R&E) networking projects serving Europe (GÉANT), the Mediterranean (EUMEDCONNECT), Sub-Saharan Africa (AfricaConnect), Central Asia (CAREN) regions and coordinates Europe-China collaboration (ORIENTplus). DANTE also supports R&E networking organisations in Latin America (RedCLARA), Caribbean (CKLN) and Asia-Pacific (TEIN*CC). For more information, visit www.dante.net.

About Livingston

Livingston provides and manages test equipment for companies in more than 100 countries worldwide, giving them access to leading edge products regardless of their budget constraints. Founded over forty years ago, the company has built up a highly experienced team of engineering and supply chain professionals. Its services include rental, calibration management, and inventory management. Partnering with Livingston allows companies to optimise their capital expenditure, bringing greater return on investment, as well as generating cash for unused or underused assets through its equipment disposal and redeployment activities. For more information visit: www.livingston.com.

About Infinera 

Infinera is a leader in Intelligent Transport Networks. Intelligent Transport Networks help carriers exploit the increasing demand for cloud-based services and data center connectivity as they advance into the Terabit Era. Infinera is unique in its use of breakthrough semiconductor technology to deliver large scale Photonic Integrated Circuit (PICs) and the application of PICs to vertically integrated optical networking solutions that deliver the industry’s only commercially available 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels. Infinera Intelligent Transport Network solutions include the DTN-X, DTN and ATN platforms. Find more at www.infinera.com.

About EXFO

Listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges, EXFO is among the leading providers of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireline and wireless network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. The company offers innovative solutions for the development, installation, management and maintenance of converged, IP fixed and mobile networks—from the core to the edge. Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Ethernet, OTN, FTTx, VDSL2, ADSL2+ and various optical technologies accounting for more than 35% of the portable fiber-optic test market. EXFO has a staff of approximately 1700 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.EXFO.com and follow us on the EXFO Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube.

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